By Burton D. Fisher
A handy and finished pocket-sized advisor to Wagner's the hoop of the NIBELUNG cycle, that includes old heritage, political, social, and financial forces which nurtured and encouraged the track drama, operatic structural ideas made through Wagner, and the composer's interpretation of the interior which means of the dramas. A significant other to the OPERA trips MINI advisor sequence for the person tune dramas: THE RHINEGOLD, THE VALKYRIE, SIEGFRIED, and THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS.
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Opera and Drama 1850-51) Exploring Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung Page 31 Prologue to The Prologue In The Rhinegold, its first 136 measures suggest the world’s creation by portraying a primordial wasteland of water in which surging arpeggios suggest the water’s flow and unceasing rise. ” But Wagner’s Teutonic and Norse sources indeed contained a “genesis,” and by establishing how the Gods, Giants, and Dwarfs came into existence, the entire story of the Ring contains a contextual logic. With minor variations, those mythological creation stories explain that in the beginning there was neither sea nor shore, nor heaven nor earth, but only Ginnungagap, a vast “yawning abyss” or “emptiness” which lay between the realms of fire and freezing cold.
The Ring speaks on many levels of meaning, but Wagner’s primary underlying message about the struggle for moral maturity is visionary and enlightened: the abusive powers in the world, the Gods, must be replaced for civilization to progress and survive; and in their place there must be a universal religion whose ideal is love and compassion. The new order must elevate conscience and contain those enduring ideals of wisdom, character, humility, courage, civility, and justice; the ultimate values for humanity’s survival.
He inspired men into battle transforming them into a frenzied rage that caused them to fear nothing and feel no pain. Wotan and his race of Gods raised a Hall of the Valiant, Valhalla, to which Valkyries would take the bravest human warriors after they were slain in battle. ” The catastrophe of the Ragnarok was unpreventable but was not the end of the cosmos: a new world was destined to rise again because two humans had taken shelter in Yggdrasil, the sacred tree of wisdom and knowledge; they emerged afterwards to repopulate the earth.
Exploring Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung (Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series) by Burton D. Fisher